Until 1982 people with diabetes throughout the world who had survived 50 years of diabetes were eligible to receive a Victory Medal and suitably worded certificate from the Joslin Clinic Foundation in Boston, Massachusetts. However, due to an increasing number of applications, the Joslin Foundation decided to confine its award to people with diabetes living in the United States.
Diabetes Australia (formerly Australian Diabetes Foundation) responded to a proposal by Dr Alan Stocks of Brisbane to recognise and commemorate Australians for having survived with diabetes for 50 or 60 years. Diabetes Australia's principal charter is to help others by encouraging research into diabetes, with particular emphasis on education and prevention of complications.
The Kellion Victory Medal Scheme
The Kellion Victory Medal is named after Claude Kellion. When diabetes claimed the life of his son John, Claude, a successful businessman, established the Kellion Diabetes Foundation in John's memory. Funds raised through the Foundation contribute to Diabetes Australia Research Trust projects.
In view of his outstanding contribution towards diabetes in Australia, Mr Claude Kellion AM was invited to have his name associated with the Kellion Victory Medal Scheme, to which he graciously consented. Silver-plated 50 year Victory Medals and gold-plated 60 year Victory Medals have been struck, together with appropriately worded certificates. Thus the KELLION VICTORY MEDAL SCHEME was established. There is now provision for 70 and 75 year medals also.
Diabetes Australia is keen to trace all Australians who have had diabetes for 50 years or more and encourages Doctors, other Health Care Professionals, and Diabetes Associations and support groups, to nominate likely recipients.
People with type 1 and type 2 diabetes are eligible for nomination.
Substantiating information is not always easy to obtain and applicants are asked to assist by providing copies of records such as date of diagnosis or initial hospital admission, or a brief personal account of their history of diabetes.
Applications are evaluated by Diabetes Australia's Kellion Victory Medal Committee.
You can find the application form below or for further information please contact Diabetes SA on 1300 136 588.
Download: Kellion Medal Application Form
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